Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.4
Nose: Slightly floral note with a honey overlay. Soft ginger that illuminates when it opens. Oak and white cherry notes.
Palate: Supple honey, but boy does that licorice note come out with some wood sugar. Ripe plums and sugared dates.
Finish: Nice texture and black pepper spice with soft sweetness. Some velvety tannins.
Comment: Gradually unfolds on the tongue and would like this in a Manhattan cocktail.
Susan Reigler – 8.5
Nose: Sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol. That's impressive given the high proof.
Palate: Crème brulee with ripe apples and pears dominating the palate. Cinnamon spiciness adds warmth. Agin, for the proof this is remarkably smooth.
Finish: This is where the proof finally reveals itself with persistent heat. It's not flame thrower intensity, but definitely high proof.
Comment: Water sweetens the sweet wheat elements and releases notes of mint.
- American Whiskey (June 2019)